2905.4 Miles to my new home…

So a little earlier this year, I decided that I was going to move my home base to Las Vegas, a town I’ve long been fan of, having many friends there and being a terrific jumping off point for all the incredible national parks nearby. As much as I enjoyed my time in South Florida, I missed the mountains so I set about planning my move.

I decided to initially move out there on a trial basis to see how things go work wise and if it all goes to plan, then make the move permeant. To that note, I knew I would need to take the basics with me, so I rented an SUV and loaded it up with all my essential shiny toys, leaving my furniture and all the grown up adulting stuff in storage.

The route I chose would take me mostly along the south coast of the US then up through Texas and Arizona over the course of 6 days.

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Having done a fair few road trips over my time I estimated that I could average about 500 miles a day. In reality in the early part of the trip I was doing over 700, but that then gave me an opportunity to stop in some scenic places in the latter part of the trip.

Highlights were definitely thinking I was seeing the arrival of aliens when I captured the SpaceX launch while in Phoenix, visiting the art installation Prada Marfa in Texas and then seeing a fake tiny Target store the next day. Of course Sedona was incredible as always – such epic scenery.  I ended up at my friends house in Vegas on Christmas Day and was treated to the most amazing traditional British style Christmas dinner all topped of with sticky toffee pudding and custard. I couldn’t have come up with a better way to end the trip and start the next phase of my life in Viva Las Vegas baby!

 

2000 miles through Colorado & New Mexico

So earlier this year I had the opportunity to reunite with a lifelong friend, who also happens to be called Anthony to take a road trip through two magnificent States. I say two, but we actually visited five if you count the brief jaunt into a town called Anthony on the Texas border and a quick stop at the four corners monument.

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I never tire of road tripping around the US, with it’s incredibly diverse landscapes. The 12 days went incredibly quickly and I snapped more pictures than you can shake a stick at, but I have selected some of my favorites below. They are a mix of snaps on my phone and shots taken on my ‘proper’ camera. Some of the highlights were Garden of the Gods just outside of Colorado Springs, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Zapata Falls, Los Alamos, Roswell, White Sands National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park, the Very Large Array (one of the locations seen in ‘Contact’), and a fantastic day of snowboarding in Breckenridge to end the trip on a real high.

 

 

Fancy a drive?

For years now, I’ve wanted to return to the Appalachians. I first visited the US when I was 13, when my family and I did an epic trip, stopping in about 6 different parts of the Eastern US. One of those stops was to visit some colleagues of my father who lived in a place called Ronceverte, West Virginia. That week, 27 years ago, was the moment that I knew that I wanted to spend much of my life in America.

For this trip I managed to work into the route, a drive by of the very house that spawned my love for the States. In numbers – it was 14 days, 2806 miles, over 60 hours driving across 8 different states and 19 finished photos. Definitely another epic trip.

Yellowstone Mellowstone

As you may have seen from some of my previous posts, I’ve been very fortunate to be able to travel to some of the most incredible places on the planet. I never tire of visiting new places, but I do have a few favorites that I like to return to…and Yellowstone is one of them. The pictures below are from a trip I made a couple of years ago with a friend of mine. I didn’t really go specifically to take pictures, but I did manage to snap a few while we were there.

Yellowstone was only a small part of a larger road trip and 4 days was simply not enough, so whenever I get chance I’ll be back. It has such a variety of landscapes and despite it being a huge tourist attraction it never felt crowded. In fact I spent many hours sat out in the wilderness. Just me, my thoughts and my camera.

How it all Began

People often ask me how long I’ve been taking photos. About 10 years is the answer, but I didn’t start to take things seriously until 2005 when I took a trip through a company called Light & Land, with some fellow photographers to the Canadian Rockies. It was roughly 10 days of living and breathing landscape photography, led by pro photographers David Ward and Clive Minnitt. I learned so much in that short period of time and it gave me a great foundation to build upon. I remember at the time being over the moon with some of the shots that I took. I look back at them now and maybe they weren’t quite as incredible as I thought, but still, they’re not too bad. I hope you like.

Colorado Wilderness

In the fall of last year, I had arranged to spend a week in Denver with a friend, but when their plans changed I decided that I would still head out to Colorado but do a road trip instead. Just me and my camera and 1004 miles.

I have come to truly love Colorado, and it’s incredible variety of landscapes. Mountains, sand dunes, rolling hills, and some of the most epic roads anywhere on the planet. I will be back.

From East to West

Quite a few years back, 7 to be precise, I took a trip from one side of the US to the other with a good friend of mine, to visit various theme parks. I was big on coasters back then, now, not so much, but it was a great trip, not least because we got to visit some great vistas too. I was still a relative novice photographer back then, but I got some shots that I’m still happy with. From Cape Cod to Yosemite and more……enjoy!